May 13, 2004 — Sony Corp. and International Business Machines Corp. say they plan to make in the October-December quarter a prototype workstation computer using an advanced general-purpose processor that the two companies are developing along with Toshiba Corp.
According to Dow Jones News Service, the workstation will become the first product using the next-generation “CELL” microchip, Sony and IBM said. The workstation is specifically designed to develop digital entertainment content, such as games and movies.
The chip is expected to help Sony boost its sagging profitability by enhancing the competitiveness of its products and trimming the costs it now shoulders in procuring core microchips from outside makers, analysts say.
Other possible applications for the CELL microprocessor include a future Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. game console to follow “PlayStation 2” and a home entertainment server.